EU4EMBLAS: new life of ‘Belgica’ vessel – watch new film
December 14, 2021

EU4EMBLAS: new life of ‘Belgica’ vessel – watch new film

The EU-funded project for improving environmental monitoring of the Black Sea (EU4EMBLAS) has released a new film highlighting the uniqueness and importance of the new vessel donated to Ukraine to reinforce its monitoring of the marine environment in the Black Sea region.

The oceanographic research vessel ‘Belgica’ wastransferred to Ukraine by Belgium this autumn with the support of EU4EMBLAS. The vessel was renamed the Borys Aleksandrov, after the famous Ukrainian marine biologist and director of the Institute of Marine Biology of the National Academy of Sciences.

The vessel had been a flagship of Belgium’s environmental monitoring in the North-East Atlantic until a new research vessel, also named ‘Belgica’, was built. It was then decided to provide the fully operational ship to the Ukrainian Scientific Centre of the Ecology of the Sea (UkrSES), considering that Ukraine does not have any operational vessel suitable for sea monitoring.

Find out more

Press release



Interested in the latest news and opportunities?

This website is managed by the EU-funded Regional Communication Programme for the Eastern Neighbourhood ('EU NEIGHBOURS east’), which complements and supports the communication of the Delegations of the European Union in the Eastern partner countries, and works under the guidance of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, and the European External Action Service. EU NEIGHBOURS east is implemented by a GOPA PACE-led consortium. It is part of the larger Neighbourhood Communication Programme (2020-2024) for the EU's Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood, which also includes 'EU NEIGHBOURS south’ project that runs the EU Neighbours portal.

The information on this site is subject to a Disclaimer and Protection of personal data. © European Union,